What is Croydon like to live in?

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    Can anyone recommend any nice areas to live in Croydon…feeling a little clueless at the moment and don’t know where to start? Would love to be near some green space if possible, and hubby need to be able to commute into London…ideas, thoughts much appreciated! Thank you 🙂

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    Perry Perry

    Hi Victoria. The London Borough of Croydon (although in Surrey) is a wonderful place to live. Fantastic transport links into London from all of the train stations and central and West Croydon is really up and coming. If you are looking for green surroundings, Purley, Riddlesdown or Sanderstead would a great choice. I wrote an article for London property magazine recently about how Croydon is becoming a hotspot, you can read it here (page 4) http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?eid=bc4e468f-e901-4297-9746-f016ba589d9b. Happy to answer any further questions you may have.



    Can’t give details about Croydon. but I live in the neighbouring borough of Bromley. They share excellent transport links and lots of 1930s housing, interspersed with older and newer properties. Croydon has lots of modern in the centre (partly because Croydon Airport didn’t do it any favours in the war!). My suggestion would be to work backwards from how your husband wants to begin his commute; i.e. walk to station, catch a bus, etc. whether you need to consider proximity to schools. Then have a go on google maps or whatever. Traffic can be annoying at the wrong time of day. If no-one else comes forward, I’m happy to make suggestions about what you may shortlist.


    I have lived in Purley for over 20 years. We are surrounded by green spaces. The North Downs are on our doorstep, there are ancient woods and chalkland throughout the area. I live in Old Lodge Lane with a golf course behind our house, a nature reserve up the road and a world war 2 airfield at the top of the road. Croydon gets a very bad press and there are areas of the Borough I would prefer not to live in, but I can heartily recommend Purley. Purley centre is dominated by Tesco but there are some really nice restaurants. Croydon town centre is very tired but they are promising significant investment which is bound to improve things. The train journey from East Croydon to Central London takes around 20 mins, if you are travelling from Purley you need to double this. But parking in the main car park in Purley is free after 6 pm making it a doddle to visit the West End of London with its restaurants, shows and theatres. Commuting to London for work is also easy, quick and relatively cheap. In the other direction you can be on the M25 in 20 mins. Schools are plentiful and good and there are a number of good health clubs in the area. Last but not least Croydon was the home of the first international airport in the UK. The old airport building is still standing and houses a nice restaurant and bar. You will get far more value for money buying a property in Croydon than almost anywhere else in London. And if you choose your location wisely you will be living in a very beautiful area.



    If you are still looking then I would definitely recommend Purley / Coulsdon. We moved into Old Lodge Lane in late 2013 and we love it. Friendly neighbours, great houses and a beautiful quiet location full of wildlife with easy access into town. Check out Farthing Downs area in Coulsdon too. I don’t know the town of Croydon very well, but the south of the borough is lovely.

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